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A New Soldering Iron!

Old 06-25-22, 05:09 AM
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A New Soldering Iron!

The other day I started the wiring project for my wife's dyno lighting systrm. Pulled out my really old Weller gun and nothing. After 45 years it bit the dust. Actually it had been playing up recently. So I picked up $20 Weller iron @ HD. Wow! What a joy to use something that heated uo fast + had a LED light!
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Old 06-25-22, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
The other day I started the wiring project for my wife's dyno lighting systrm. Pulled out my really old Weller gun and nothing. After 45 years it bit the dust. Actually it had been playing up recently. So I picked up $20 Weller iron @ HD. Wow! What a joy to use something that heated uo fast + had a LED light!
About 5 years ago, I finally upgraded from my cheap little 15 watt Radio Shack soldering iron to a Weller WES51 soldering station. I've used modern soldering irons at work, so I knew what it was like to not wait minutes to heat up, but it was still a bit luxurious to have that same level of performance at home too. The interchangeable tips are useful too, as is the ability to dial in the temperature.

Of course, like most modern products, I have no expectation that it will last 20 years or so. Perhaps the new soldering irons will have enough features to make it worthwhile to buy one when this Weller dies??

Steve in Peoria
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Old 06-26-22, 04:12 AM
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My recent purchases include a DC powered T12 iron that is extremely convenient for travel between different AC voltage countries. I power it either from a lithium battery pack or AC/DC adapter. Another purchase is an AC powered iron with temperature control and digital temperature readout on the iron itself. Finally, there is a desoldering pump with both iron and suction motor in the handle. Yes, for most soldering at home, it is Weller WES51.
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